Phillies, Freddy Galvis Ruins Pirates Streak
By Tom Smith
Sep 8, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Brent Morel (59) reacts to a bad hop and fields the ball high before throwing out the runner during the sixth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Pirates defeated the Phillies 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia Phillies Freddy Galvis had five hits in 59 at-bats this season coming into the game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The only reason Galvis was playing was because of an injury to Jimmy Rollins left hamstring in yesterdays game.
A Pirates win on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park would have set the Bucs single season winning streak mark at five. It would have made us look like geniuses. But this Freddy Galvis had different ideas. Yeah. I know. Freddy Galvis.
Batting eighth for the Phillies, Galvis had three hits in three at bats with a bomb and scored three times. Galvis also scored the game winner that sealed another one run loss for the Pirates.
The Pirates started sluggishly in the first inning when Neil Walker lost the ball in the Citizen Bank Park lights-built-by-the-lowest-bidder. Gregory Polanco seemed to be in position to make the catch, but didn’t realize Walker lost the ball in the Citizen Bank Park high powered lights. It was Makiel Franco’s first ever big league double. Great timing rookie. Soon after, Chase Utley plated him making the blunder especially painful.
The Bucs got a gift run when Carlos Ruiz dropped a Polanco pop up behind home plate. on an ugly, random play. Polanco worked a walk and scored when Jordy Mercer plated Polanco from first with a double into the left field corner.
It was such a shi* luck game as the Pirates failed once again to put five wins in a row together. Exhibit A was in the second inning when Galvis ripped an Edinson Volquez sinker off the scoreboard foe his first double of the year, because you know this game was about players that didnt hit all year for the Phillies breaking hearts.
Speaking of heartbreaking, Phillies starter David Buchanan turned on a pitch and belted it into center for what was probably his first hit since A-Rod was clean. After throwing 66 pitches in the first three innings, Buchanan settled in and pitched far better than your typical rookie. The right hander went six innings and allowed only three Pirates runs.
Pirates starter Edinson Volquez had to pitch out of three different jams. Of course, the first one was self inflicted when Walker/Polanco lost the ball in the lights.
The Phillies bullpen shut down any thought the Bucs had of a comeback and just like that the Pirates winning streak is over. Justin Wilson was the losing pitcher thanks to an infield single and a seeing eye single in yet another one-run loss for the Bucs.
Freddy Galvis. Freddy is a name of a killer that haunts people. Yeah, sounds right.